Greater Sudbury was formed as an amalgamation of Sudbury, Capreol, Nuckel Centre, Onaping Falls, Rayside-Balfour, Valley East, Walden, and several other small townships in 2001. It is in the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnaabeg. The city’s origins can be traced back to the late 1800s with the development of the Canadian Pacific Railway, during which time it was used as a small railroad outpost. The region subsequently experienced several decades of rapid growth due to its abundant mineral resources. It is now a popular area with several prominent educational institutions and museums, surrounded by abundant natural beauty. There are four post-secondary institutions: Laurentian University, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Cambrian College, and College Boreal. Science North Museum, the Art Gallery of Sudbury, and the Ontario Railway Museum are popular tourist attractions year-round. The region has also undergone successful re-greening of surrounding areas and rehabilitation of local waterbodies. It has been recognized for its strong environmental efforts and many other regions are attempting to emulate Greater Sudbury! The city lies near the Ramsay Lake waterfront, which contains a lovely boardwalk that is perfect for walking, cycling, and jogging. There are several nearby provincial parks and conservation areas, including Fairbank Provincial Park and the stunning Onaping Falls.